Some better news for England at last, Friday’s victory over Pakistan gave more encouragement as we saw an improved all round performance by the team.
Positives in the batting came with Paul Collingwood at last getting some runs and Kevin Pietersen showing some form in his new role at the top of the order. From the reports I read and heard, Pietersen wasn’t slogging, he was playing proper cricket shots.
We also had Matt Prior chipping in with some valuable runs, he looks far more effective coming in down the order.
We got another typical Bell innings, getting off to a good start and then getting out when well set, suppose the same can be said of Bopara, this is where we are really going to miss the injured Eoin Morgan.
In the bowling department, it was good to see Collingwood bowl all his 10 overs after his recent injury problems, we never know when and how many overs we might need from him, but at least this shows he is capable when required.
Another positive was to see Broad and Bresnan have a good run out, in particular Bresnan. Broad has been nursed back after his injury with the medical staff making sure he wasn’t pushed too fast, too quickly. No such luxaries were available with Bresnan who just had to be chucked in at the deep end.
All-in-all, after the Canadian near miss on Wednesday and the Aussie thrashings, this was a major improvement. Maybe it took a game with a bit of added needle to galvanise England into producing a better performance.
Hopefully this is the turning point in our disappointing run. We are getting more of our first choice players back now, so there can be no more excuses if the team fails badly over the next few weeks.